This is the first flight test of a new configuration of the launch vehicle, in which two or three stages can be used at choice.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency successfully launched an interceptor of a ground-based system for intercepting ballistic missiles in the middle section of the trajectory with a mock-up of a transatmospheric weapon attached to it.
This is stated in the message of the U.S. military department, distributed on Sunday.
The report notes that we are talking about the first flight test of a three-stage launch vehicle in a two-stage mode when the ignition of the third stage does not occur. This allows you to release a means of destruction earlier, expanding the space for conducting combat operations. The new vehicle is known as a ground-based interceptor with a selectable number of stages (2 or 3).
“The first signs show that the test met the requirements,” the report says.
“Program officials will continue to evaluate the effectiveness of the system based on telemetry and other data obtained during the tests.”
“This is the first flight test of a new configuration of a launch vehicle with a selectable number of stages in a two-stage mode. The system worked exactly as it was designed, and the test results indicate a significant expansion of the combat space for the armed forces,” said Vice Admiral Jon Hill, director of the Missile Defense Agency.
Hill noted that the ground-based system for intercepting ballistic missiles in the middle section of the trajectory is vital for the U.S. defense, and the success of the test shows that the U.S. is providing its fleet of ground-based interceptors with expanded capabilities while developing and supplying advanced technologies for new-generation interceptors.